Lausanne, Switzerland, March 20, 2019 – The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 2019 Women and Sports Awards winners were announced Tuesday night and volleyball was once again at the forefront of sporting development and empowerment around the world.

Hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA, Djatougbe Noamshie of Togo was awarded the Women and Sport Award for Africa, whilst the Winner for Oceania went to the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF).

Noamshie, Vice President of the Togo Volleyball Federation since 2013, picked up her award for her outstanding commitment to the development of sport in Togo and pioneering a pathway for female referees throughout Africa. Also serving as Vice President of the Togo National Olympic Committee, Noamshie’s determination to get women and girls involved in sport has been highlighted throughout her active sports administration career.

The VVF was recognised for its advocacy and leadership in promoting girls and women’s participation in sport at all levels.

As well as this, the VVF has been recognising the transformational power of sport to prompt social change. The Sport for Development and Volley4Change (V4C) programmes have helped to provide nutritional education, increased physical activity and leadership opportunities for women, girls and people with disabilities. Since its establishment, V4C has seen over 3,000 community members take part. The VVF has most recently partnered with Oxfam in 2018 to facilitate awareness on sexual harassment to VVF staff, coaches and players.

Each year, the IOC Women and Sport Awards are given to individuals or organisations who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women’s participation in sport.

FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça said:

“The IOC Women and Sport Awards recognise the incredible work being done to empower women and girls across the world. I would like to offer my congratulations to both winners, who continue to shine a light on social and physical issues faced by women today and use volleyball as a tool to make a real difference.”

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